Steelhead fishing is still the primary target of those looking for hot fish, lots of jumps and a chance at holding one for a photo.
The warmer water temps in the low 50s has these fish hot-wired and they are simply difficult to get in the boat but they are nonetheless exhilarating. Fish on the Manistee have been mixed - “Super-Skippers” and adult fish climbing into the teen pound class. The best flies have been various eggs patterns in natural colors like Grapefruit, Oregon Cheese, Light Yellow and Light Orange combinations. Nymphs include caddis, hex and bugger variations. Water conditions are low and clear on all the local rivers and we are in need of rain to continue to bring more fish into the systems. The remaining Salmon are still trickling into the Manistee, Betsie and Platte rivers and each day and cast offers a surprise as to what might eat the fly. Hold on and have fun.